List of Universal Pictures theatrical animated features

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This list of theatrical animated feature films consists of animated films released by Universal Pictures, the film division of Comcast through the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group division of its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal.

Universal Pictures releases films from Universal-owned and non-Universal owned animation studios. Most films listed below are from Illumination Entertainment which began as the feature animation department of Universal, producing its first feature-length animated film Despicable Me in 2010. Beginning with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in 2019, Universal also released animated films by DreamWorks Animation, which was acquired by NBCUniversal in 2016.[1][2][3]

Other Studio units have also released films theatrically, primarily Universal Animation Studios which produced a few theatrical animated films before focusing strictly on animating television shows and direct-to-video films, and the studio's distribution unit, which acquires film rights from outside animation studios to release films under the Universal Pictures, or Focus Features film labels. For example, Laika's stop-motion animated features were released by Universal through its Focus Features label. Other studios globally have released films through Universal Pictures which maintains distribution rights in certain territories.

Films[edit]

Released[edit]

Color legend
Universal Animation Studios  
Illumination Entertainment  
DreamWorks Animation  
Laika  
Other Universal studio  
Third-party studio  
Title Original theatrical release date[rls 1] Animation studio
The Snow Queen[S] November 20, 1959[rls 2] Soyuzmultfilm  
Pinocchio in Outer Space December 22, 1965 Belvision Studios
An American Tail November 21, 1986 Sullivan Bluth Studios
The Land Before Time November 18, 1988
Jetsons: The Movie July 6, 1990 Hanna-Barbera Productions
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West November 22, 1991 Amblimation  
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story November 24, 1993
Balto December 22, 1995
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle[S] June 30, 2000 Jay Ward Productions
Curious George February 10, 2006 Universal Animation Studios  
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie January 11, 2008 Big Idea Entertainment  
The Tale of Despereaux December 19, 2008 Universal Animation Studios  
Coraline[R] February 6, 2009 Laika[st 1]  
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! July 10, 2009 (Denmark)[rls 3] Universal Animation Studios  
9[R] September 9, 2009 Starz Animation[st 1]  
Despicable Me July 9, 2010 Illumination Entertainment  
Hop[S] April 1, 2011
The Lorax March 2, 2012
ParaNorman[R] August 17, 2012 Laika[st 1]  
Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 Illumination Entertainment  
Underdogs July 18, 2013 (Argentina)[st 2] Prana Studios  
Moshi Monsters: The Movie December 20, 2013[st 2] Spider Eye Productions
The Boxtrolls[R] September 26, 2014 Laika[st 1]  
Minions July 10, 2015 Illumination Entertainment  
Ratchet & Clank[R] April 29, 2016 Rainmaker Entertainment[st 3]  
The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016 Illumination Entertainment  
Kubo and the Two Strings[R] August 19, 2016 Laika[st 1]  
Ethel & Ernest October 28, 2016[st 2] Cloth Cat Animation  
Sing December 21, 2016 Illumination Entertainment  
Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017
Woody Woodpecker[S] October 5, 2017 (Brazil)[rls 3] Universal Animation Studios  
The Grinch November 9, 2018 Illumination Entertainment  
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World[R] February 22, 2019 DreamWorks Animation  

Upcoming (schedule)[edit]

Title Intended theatrical release date
by Universal Pictures
Animation Studio
The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019[4] Illumination Entertainment  
Abominable[R] September 27, 2019[5][6][7][8][9] DreamWorks Animation  
Trolls World Tour[R] April 17, 2020[10][11][12][13][14]
Minions 2 July 3, 2020[15][4] Illumination Entertainment  
The Croods 2[R] December 23, 2020[16][17] DreamWorks Animation  
The Boss Baby 2[R] March 26, 2021[18]
Sing 2 July 2, 2021[4][17] Illumination Entertainment  
Spooky Jack[R] September 17, 2021[16][19] DreamWorks Animation  
Untitled films April 15, 2022[20]
July 1, 2022[21] Illumination Entertainment  
December 21, 2022[21]
Untitled animated Mario film 2022[22][23]
Untitled films April 7, 2023[20] DreamWorks Animation  
June 30, 2023[21] Illumination Entertainment  

Upcoming (in development)[edit]

Title Animation studio
The Bad Guys[R][24] DreamWorks Animation  
Despicable Me 4[25] Illumination Entertainment  
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts[R][26] DreamWorks Animation  
Mice and Mystics[R][27]
Untitled Pharrell Williams film[23] Illumination Entertainment  
Untitled Puss in Boots reboot and sequel films[R][28][29] [30] DreamWorks Animation  
Shadows[R][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38]
Untitled Shrek reboot[R][37][39][40][28][29]
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth[R][41]
Untitled film[R][20][42]
Untitled Voltron film[R][S][43][44]
The Wizards of Once[R][45]
Yokai Samba[R][41]
Untitled VeggieTales film[46] Big Idea Entertainment  
S Live-action/animation hybrid
R Only released by Universal, not produced by them

Highest-grossing films[edit]

film currently playing indicates films playing in theaters around the world in the week commencing 19 April 2019.
Rank Film Worldwide gross Studio Year Ref.
1 Minions $1,159,398,397  Illumination 2015 [47]
2 Despicable Me 3 $1,034,799,409 2017 [48]
3 Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885 2013 [49]
4 The Secret Life of Pets $875,457,937 2016 [50]
5 Sing $634,151,679 [51]
6 Despicable Me $543,113,985 2010 [52]
7 The Grinch $511,303,509 2018 [53]
8 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World film currently playing $501,866,010 DreamWorks Animation 2019 [54].
9 The Lorax $348,840,316 Illumination 2012 [55]
10 Coraline $124,596,398 Laika 2009 [56]

Notes[edit]

Release Notes

  1. ^ Listed are the original theatrical release dates in the United States (or other non-U.S. territories) when the film was contributed by Universal. Different distributors are attributed and credited for distributing each film throughout the history of Universal.
  2. ^ Original release date was November 15, 1957
  3. ^ a b Not released theatrically in the United States

Studio/Production Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Released by Focus Features.
  2. ^ a b c Released by Universal outside North America
  3. ^ Released by Gramercy Pictures.

See also[edit]

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  54. ^ https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=httyd3.htm
  55. ^ https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=lorax.htm
  56. ^ https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=coraline.htm

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